drape

\ \ [15] The verb drape originally meant ‘weave wool into cloth’. It was borrowed from Old French draper, which was a derivative of drapcloth’ (source of English drab). This in turn came from late Latin drappus, which was ultimately of Celtic origin. Other offspring of drap which found their way into English are draper [14], drapery [14], and trappings. The use of drapery for ‘loose voluminous cloth covering’ eventually fed back into the verb drape, producing in the 19th century its current sense ‘cover loosely with cloth’.
\ \ Cf.DRAB, DRAPER, TRAPPINGS

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  • drape — drape …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • drapé — drapé, ée [ drape ] adj. et n. m. • v. 1464; de draper 1 ♦ Garni d un drap. « Aux roulements des tambours drapés » (Chateaubriand). 2 ♦ Qu on a drapé (3o) ; à plis. Robe drapée. Les voiles « retombaient mollement, drapées à mille plis comme des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • drape — [dreıp] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: draper, from drap cloth ] 1.) to put something somewhere so that it hangs or lies loosely drape sth over/around/across sth ▪ He took off his coat and draped it over a chair. ▪ Mina lay back,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Drape — (dr[=a]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Draped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Draping}.] [F. draper, fr. drap cloth. See 3d {Drab}.] 1. To cover or adorn with drapery or folds of cloth, or as with drapery; as, to drape a bust, a building, etc. [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drape — dràpē (drapȇ) m <G drapèa> DEFINICIJA 1. vrsta fine tkanine od češljane vune 2. nabor na tkanini ETIMOLOGIJA fr. drapé, draperie …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • drape — [drāp] vt. draped, draping [ME drapen, to weave into cloth, drape < OFr draper < drap: see DRAB1] 1. to cover, hang, or decorate with or as with cloth or clothes in loose folds 2. to arrange (a garment, cloth, etc.) artistically in folds or …   English World dictionary

  • Drape — Drape, v. i. 1. To make cloth. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To design drapery, arrange its folds, etc., as for hangings, costumes, statues, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drapé — drapé, ée (dra pé, pée) part. passé. 1°   Garni d un drap de laine. •   Au roulement des tambours drapés, des grenadiers portaient le corps de leur vaillant capitaine, CHATEAUB. Génie, IV, I, 11.    Bas drapés, bas dont le tissu imite le drap.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • drape — index clothe Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • drape — [ dreıp ] verb transitive 1. ) to put something made of cloth over or around something: He wore a long scarf draped around his neck. 2. ) to put a part of your body on or over something in a relaxed way: She sat with one leg draped over the arm… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Drape — A medium weight, heavily milled worsted cloth of the 19th century …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

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